White Sox top Brewers 3-1 behind Lynn, avoid sweep

Jul 25, 2021, 7:41 AM | Updated: 10:08 pm

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lance Lynn allowed one run over six innings and hit a two-run single to lift Chicago to a 3-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday night as the White Sox avoided a sweep in this series between division leaders.

Lynn (10-3) allowed six hits, struck out six and walked none, outdueling Brandon Woodruff in a matchup of All-Star right-handers. Lynn, who lowered his ERA to 1.91, also keyed a decisive three-run second inning with his bat – his first hit since 2017.

“They both are winners, so it’s all good,” Lynn said of his pitching and hitting. “A good night. I got lucky, got a hit, drove in two runs, and we won. So that’s all it’s about.”

Michael Kopech pitched a scoreless inning for Chicago and Liam Hendricks tossed two for his 24th save in 28 chances.

Woodruff (7-5) allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings, striking out nine and walking two. His ERA climbed from an NL-best 2.04 to 2.14 — which is just behind teammate Corbin Burnes’ 2.12. Woodruff has two losses and two no-decisions in his four starts in July.

“They’re a very good club, the Milwaukee Brewers. We had our hands full. We lost two out of three, but we won one,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “This is a big-time win by our club. A lot of guys stepped up. But, enjoy it for the moment, and then it’s what’s next. Accumulate more wins.”

The White Sox, who lead the AL Central by nine games, mustered just enough offense after dropping the first two games against the NL Central-leading Brewers by a combined score of 13-2.

The White Sox scored all three runs in the second with two outs. Brian Goodwin walked and Leury Garcia singled. Seby Zavala followed with an RBI single, with both runners advancing on the throw. Lynn then lofted a single on an 0-2 count into shallow right field to score two more runs.

“Blind squirrel, I guess, or something like that,” said Lynn, who leads the majors in ERA. “It wasn’t pretty, but it worked.”

It was Lynn’s first at-bat since April 10, 2019 when he was with Texas and struck out twice against Arizona. It was his first hit since a single on Sept. 28, 2017 for St Louis vs. the Cubs. Lynn had four hits in 54 at-bats that season.

Woodruff said he should have thrown a breaking ball to Lynn, but also was upset with himself for not closing out the inning.

“Any time you have a two-out walk and you give them a free base, for whatever reason it comes back to hurt you,” Woodruff said. “That can’t happen.”

Lynn twice halted potential rallies with crucial strikeouts.

Milwaukee made it 2-1 in the fifth when Tyrone Taylor tripled with one out and Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with an RBI double off the wall in right-center. Lynn ended the threat by striking out Woodruff and Kolten Wong.

The Brewers got their first baserunners on consecutive two-out singles by Woodruff and Wong in the third, but Lynn got Christian Yelich on a called third strike.

“He’s tough to score against,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We had limited opportunities, a couple of small opportunities and we just didn’t get the next hit.”

Milwaukee also left two aboard in the sixth and seventh innings.


White Sox: LF Eloy Jimenez, sidelined since late in spring training with a ruptured left pectoral tendon, is expected to be activated Monday and in the lineup at Kansas City, La Russa said. La Russa wasn’t sure if Jimenez would play LF or DH. Jimenez played in 10 consecutive games at Triple-A Charlotte through Saturday, only two as a DH.

Brewers: CF Lorenzo Cain, on the IL since June 1 with strained right hamstring, is expected to join the Brewers this week in Pittsburgh, Counsell said. Cain was hitting .240 in eight games at Triple-A Nashville through Saturday.


The White Sox head to Kansas City for a four-game series starting Monday. LHP Dallas Keuchel (7-3, 4.22 ERA) starts for Chicago. He is 6-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 11 career starts against the Royals. LHP Mike Minor (7-8, 5.45) starts for Kansas City.

Milwaukee is off Monday, then travels to Pittsburgh for three games. LHP Brett Anderson (2-5, 4.26) is scheduled to start Tuesday for Milwaukee vs. LHP Tyler Anderson (5-8, 4.35).


More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Christian Pulisic of the United States is helped by team doctors after he scoring his side's openin...
Associated Press

Pulisic listed as day-to-day with pelvic injury at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — U.S. forward Christian Pulisic is listed as day to day after sustaining a pelvic injury during his team’s 1-0 World Cup win against Iran that sent the Americans to the round of 16 of the tournament on Tuesday. Pulisic scored the 38th-minute winning goal against Iran, but crashed into Iranian goalkeeper […]
1 day ago
A woman holds up a sign reading Mahsa Amini, a woman who died while in police custody in Iran at th...
Associated Press

FIFA says rainbow items are allowed at World Cup stadiums

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — One day after Iran and Wales were eliminated at the World Cup, FIFA finally gave a public assurance Wednesday that rainbow items and banners supporting protests in Iran will be allowed into stadiums. Stadium security staff organized by Qatari authorities had seized items with rainbow colors and slogans such as “Women. […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

In Ukraine, seeing World Cup, playing soccer pose challenges

IRPIN, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian video-game vendor Roman Kryvyi, fresh from a soccer game on a snow-blanketed field in suburban Kyiv, sat up close to a TV in a kebab shop as intermittent city power returned just in time for Tuesday’s World Cup game between Wales and England. For the 22-year-old soccer buff, there was […]
1 day ago
Referee assistant Stephanie Frappart of France shows 7 minutes overtime during the World Cup group ...
Associated Press

Frappart to make World Cup history as first woman referee

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — French referee Stéphanie Frappart will become the first woman to take charge of a men’s World Cup game when she handles Germany vs. Costa Rica on Thursday in Qatar. FIFA also picked two women as assistants to Frappart — Neuza Back of Brazil and Mexico’s Karen Diaz Medina — to complete […]
1 day ago
Kraken Burakovsky...
Associated Press

Burakovsky’s OT goal gives Kraken wild 9-8 win over Kings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andre Burakovsky had two goals, including the winner in overtime, and the Seattle Kraken defeated the Los Angeles Kings 9-8 on Tuesday night in the highest-scoring NHL game this season. Burakovsky scored on a power play at 2:08 of the extra session to give Seattle the first six-game winning streak in […]
1 day ago
Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin celebrates a goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the first...
Associated Press

Ovechkin tops Gretzky for most road goals, Caps beat Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored twice, passing Wayne Gretzky for the most road goals in NHL history, and the Washington Capitals beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-1 on Tuesday night. Ovechkin has scored 403 of his 793 career goals away from home. Gretzky holds the overall record with 894. “It’s always nice when […]
1 day ago
White Sox top Brewers 3-1 behind Lynn, avoid sweep